IRMO has a strong track record of partnership work and most of our services are now delivered through formal partnerships with other organisations. We recognised that by working together we can better address some of the most complex challenges. Our partnership practices are embedded at practitioner, management and leadership levels.
Our current formal partnerships include:
Place for All (PFA)
A Place for All (PFA) is a Lambeth-based partnership project that offers a multifaceted service for socially and financially excluded adults, with a particular focus on lone parents (women), BAME communities, Latin American and Spanish-speaking communities, and the over 50s age group as the most excluded groups in the borough.
By working together, the 3 partners will support 2500 people over 3 years across 4 pillars:
- Skills Development: courses on ESOL, Functional Skills, Financial Management, and Construction Skills
- Personal Development, Employment and careers: 1-2-1 Mobility Mentoring, 1-2-1 Employment/Careers Support, Employment/Careers Workshops
- Health & Wellbeing: Wellbeing and Family Support Workshops
- Civic Engagement and Participation: Community Organising, 1-2-1 Generalist Advice, Workshops and Training, Capacity building
Building Young Brixton (BYB)
- Baytree Centre
- High Trees Community Development Trust
- Spiral Skills
- Ebony Horse Club
- The Advocacy Academy
- Marcus Lipton Community Enterprise
- Grove Adventure Playground
Building Young Brixton (BYB) is a Lambeth-based partnership project that offers a multifaceted youth service to inspire and empower young people aged 7-19 in Brixton, with a particular focus on BAME, Latin American, and Portuguese young people.
By working together, the 9 partners will support over 1000 young people through BYB’s offering across 4 pillars:
- Personal & Skills Development: 1-2-1 and group coaching & mentoring, ESOL classes, and Creative Skills Workshops
- Education & Careers Support: Study Hubs, Education & Careers workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring
- Therapeutic Recreation: Adventure Play, After-school and Weekend Activities, and Horse Riding
- Advocacy: Intensive Workshops on Power and Community
EU-Latin Americans Mobile and Participating (EU LAMP)
The project seeks to enhance the social, economic and civic participation of Latin Americans with an EU passport in the UK. The initiative involves a pre-departure orientation programme in Portugal, and advice and information workshops on EU rights and Brexit, and one-stop-shop advice surgeries to connect new arrivals with any support they may need in the process of integration in the UK.
Step Up is an innovative programme trialling new approaches to support low-paid workers to progress in their careers and move into better work. The programme, running since 2015, has produced good outcomes and points of learning for policymakers and practitioners. The new stage of Step Up aims to:
- Develop a shared platform from which to manage external relationships. E.g.: by brokering relationships with stakeholders eg: referrers, employers, specialist support agencies, policymakers and commissioners
- Strengthen each provider’s delivery to become more effective. E.g.: by developing collective responses to learning from the pilot and common challenges, including shared systems for recruitment and job brokerage
- Promote longer-term sustainability of local provision. E.g.: by supporting providers to standardise practice where appropriate and develop realistic metrics that can be used in payment by results contracts
- Facilitate the involvement of low paid workers in the development of provision and policy.
Coalition of Latin Americans in the (CLAUK)
CLAUK is the coalition of Latin American organisations from the voluntary sector that have come together to raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing the Latin American community in the UK and to provide a collective voice for, and represent the collective interests of the Latin American community in the UK. It is currently made of 12 organisations working together since 2012 to achieve sustainable change through joint campaigning and advocacy work.
We also work in partnership and in collaboration with a number of other organisations, sharing best practice and learnings and ensuring that our programmes fit with other service provision for the Latin American community.
IRMO is also a member of:
- Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership (LPWP)
- Southwark Latin American Network
- Better Work Network
- Together with Refugees Coalition
- Lambeth Vaccination Advisory Group
- London Initial & Contingency Accommodation Civil Society Forum
- Lambeth Customer Service Centre and Community Group Forum
- Community Southwark
- The National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS)
- Advice UK
- London Youth